GoTanzania-column: "Vrijwilligerswerk voor volwassenen"

"Vrijwilligerwerk voor volwassenen"
Zo’n zinnetje doet me onwillekeurig denken aan vergelijkbare zinnetjes,  zoals “Basisschool voor kinderen”, “Peuterspeelzaal voor peuters”, “Universiteit voor studenten”. Oftewel: een open deur.  Helemaal nietszeggend. Of, in wat hedendaagsere taal: ‘duhhhhh!!!”

Je kunt er ook anders naar kijken. Bijvoorbeeld door eruit te constateren, dat er kennelijk ook vrijwilligerswerk voor ónvolwassen bestaat. Zoals er banen zijn voor mensen die nergens voor geleerd hebben. Ah, daar wordt de associatie met de hedendaagse praktijk van internationaal vrijwilligerswerk concreter!

Het zinnetje komt van een acquisitiegerichte nieuwsbrief van de firma Projects Abroad, marktleider in Nederland voor wat betreft vrijwilligerswerkarrangementen. De bedoeling van deze actie: laten zien, dat we óók projecten aanbieden voor, tja…., voor volwassenen dus.
Het specifiek aanschrijven van ‘volwassenen’ impliceert maar één ding: het is nodig om bij dit marktsegment (volwassenen) nog even éxtra onder de ogen te brengen, dat OOK ZIJ heel goed vrijwilligerswerk kunnen doen. En dus dat het leeuwendeel van ‘de markt’ bestaat uit ‘niet-volwassenen’.
Tja, de realiteit.

‘Back in the old days’ gold dat vrijwilligers mensen waren die werden uitgezonden naar bestaande projecten, verlegen zittend om specifieke expertise, ter plekke (in de 3e wereld) niet aanwezig. Bij uitstek: volwassenen.
Tegenwoordig heb je ook deze vrijwilligers nog wel. Misschien wel net zoveel als toen. Maar er is een andere, parallelle markt ontstaan: die van het vrijwilligerstoerisme. Gewoon een ‘niche’ op de reismarkt. Deze niche heeft zich vooral gericht op ‘jongeren’. En ook op hun ouders. Ouders die het ook fijn vinden, dat hun outgoing kinderen misschien wel kiezen voor een ‘voluntourism’-arrangement in plaats van wild te gaan backpacken aan de andere kant van de wereld.

Nou ja, de discussie over dit maatschappelijke dilemma – wat doén deze vrijwilligers nu voor goed cq. kwaad in maatschappelijk en ethisch perspectief? – voeren wij en vele anderen op meerdere fronten. Blijft evenwel navrant hoe Projects Abroad uit deze marketingactie laat blijken, hoe ze enerzijds poogt (ook) vrijwilligerswerkprojecten in de markt te zetten op basis van ‘maturity’ en deskundigheid (overigens ook en nog steeds tegen een schaamteloos hoge vergoeding), doch anderzijds juist hiermee compleet het zo totaal foute concept van ‘vrijwilligersprojecten voor onvaardige onvolwassenen’ adopteert.

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Zie de nieuwsbrief van Projects Abroad

Stichting Twiga zoekt EHBO'er, muziekleraar en projectcoördinator in Mto wa Mbu

[30 mei 2016]
Stichting Twiga ondersteunt een kleinschalig project, waarin kinderen begeleid worden naar een betere toekomst, door het aanbieden van kwaliteitsonderwijs. In Tanzania zorgt het project ‘Sarakasi ya Vijana’ voor een duurzame ontwikkeling van kleuter-, basis- en middelbare schoolleerlingen, waardoor deze mensen op een gezonde manier op eigen benen leren staan. Omdat er bijna geen banen zijn, helpen we de kinderen na hun onderwijsloopbaan werk te vinden via ons eigen netwerk of zelf iets op te zetten. De lokale staf begeleidt de kinderen samen met internationale vrijwilligers en sponsoren naar een hoopvolle toekomst.

EHBO-er
Voor de maanden oktober/november zijn wij op zoek naar iemand die 2 of 3 weken EHBO les wilt komen geven aan 9 van onze kinderen in de leeftijd van 13-16 jaar. De kinderen zijn dan klaar met de basisschool en vertrekken in januari pas naar de middelbare school. Dus heb je altijd al een keer naar Afrika gewild en kun je EHBO les geven dan is dit je kans. Stuur een mail naar vrijwilligerswerk@stichtingtwiga.nl.

Muziekleraar
In tanzania bestaat muziekles voornamelijk uit liedjes zingen maar er is nog zoveel meer te ontdekken. Daarom zijn wij op zoek naar een muziekleraar die in de maanden oktober/november een paar weken bij ons muziek les wilt komen geven. Op vrijdagen geef je muziekles aan 20 kleuters in de leeftijd van 4-6 jaar. Op zaterdagen aan 18 basisschool leerlingen in de leeftijd van 7-11 jaar. Door de weeks 2 of 3x aan 9 kids 13-16 jaar die klaar zijn met de basisschool en vanaf januari naar de middelbare school gaan. Dus ben je muzikaal en zie je deze uitdaging wel zitten? Grijp dan nu je kans en stuur een mail naar vrijwilligerswerk@stichtingtwiga.nl.

Projectcoördinator
Stichting Twiga zoekt een zelfstandig, enthousiast en liefst ervaren persoon die voor minimaal 6 maanden haar kinderonderwijsproject Sarakasi ya Vijana in het prachtige noorden van Tanzania mede wil coördineren.
De projectcoördinator werkt samen met de andere westerse coördinator, de lokale staf en met vrijwilligers aan de gezamenlijke doelstelling: het voorzien en ondersteunen van kwaliteitsonderwijs voor ca. 80 kinderen tussen de 3 en 23 jaar van het project Sarakasi ya Vijana, totdat zij hun onderwijscarrière hebben afgerond en een beroep kunnen gaan uitoefenen.

De voornaamste taken zijn de zorg voor de dagelijkse gang van zaken, de zorg voor het onderwijs, het beheer van de geldstroom, het ontvangen en begeleiden van de vrijwilligers, de zorg voor het onderhoud van het terrein, het onderhouden van het contact met Nederland (met het bestuur, de actieve vrijwilligers, achterban en sponsoren) en – beperkt – het contact met de (lokale) gemeenschap in Tanzania.
Jouw specifieke taken worden in overleg met de andere coördinator vastgesteld. Zorg voor de vrijwilligers en zorg voor het onderwijs horen daar zeker bij, affiniteit met onderhoud/techniek en financieel management zijn een pre.

Daarnaast verwachten we een pro-actieve houding ten opzichte van het werven van fondsen voor vertrek, om zo betrokkenheid naar het project te tonen.
Neem een kijkje op onze website www.stichting-twiga.nl om een indruk te krijgen!
Een functie omschrijving wordt op verzoek toegestuurd.
NB: Kost en inwoning voor de projectcoördinator wordt geheel voorzien.

Graag een brief (motivatie en CV) voor 15 juni 2016 sturen t.a.v. het Bestuur van TWIGA. Emailadres: info@stichting-twiga.nl. Via dit emailadres kan ook naar de functieomschrijving worden gevraagd, of naar meer informatie over de functie. Kijk op www.stichting-twiga.nl voor meer informatie over onze organisatie.

Revolutie in Tanzania - Magufuli pakt door! (vervolg - week 52)

[27 december 2015]
Tanzania blijft in beroering. De laatste week ook weer veel vermeldenswaardige gebeurtenissen in Tanzania. Magufuli en zijn nieuwe regering pakken de misstanden aan. 

Dec 25
* Religious leaders took advantage in their Xmas preaches to cooperate with the government as it embarks on reform aimed at improving the lives of ordinary people. Magufuli appears to have good ties with the catholic church. (Can we believe that the Tanzanian Catholic church is turning into a liberation church by example of the Popes central America church? :-)

Dec 24
* Currently 216 fake certificates from civil servants are traced; more expected to follow. 

Dec 23
* The government has issued a 30-day ultimatum to the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) to present Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) certificates to 512, because of the delayed EIA reports stalled investment projects. According to the National Environmental Management Act 2004 those reports should be issued within 60 days of the application.
* Since Magufuli's efforts to root out corruption and increase inefficiency China selected Tanzania as a pilot country for its China-Africa economic cooperation along with Kenya and Ethiopia.
* After tips from citizens Police Dar es Salaam have arrested 2 people with 156 elephant tusks, worth $ 5 million and found in a private home in Dar es Salaam.

Dec 22
* A high ranked official mr Tito from the railways is sacked due to irregularities during awarding a tender for building the $ 7,600 million railway line between Dar and Burundi-Rwanda-Congo.
* Home affairs minister Charles Kitwanga declared the government is posed with immediate effect to make institutional reforms in the Police Force as it intensifies the war against illegal drug trade and corruption in the country. (Sources said that drug dealers enjoyed patronage from senior police officers. Other rumours say that also old president Kikwete's sun Ridhiwani is involved in drug trading.)
* Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has warned against the misuse of relief food citing reports that the food is being used to make local brew. The PM warned that tough disciplinary action will be taken against all found guilty

Dec 21
* It became known there have been plenty of irregularities surrounding tanzanite mining, trading and dealership including theft, tax evasion and smuggling, and so far there are 27 companies in Arusha Region which have been placed under the microscope over the issue.
* Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, sounded the warning that "Anyone who will be found to have embezzled public funds will be removed, I want public servants to know that the Fifth Phase Government is determined to serving the people"

Dec 20th
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa’s recent directive to ensure Rapid Transit buses start operating on Dar es Salaam roads by January 10, next year, is unlikely to be effected after it came to light that the owner of the buses, UDA-RT, owes Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Sh8 billion ($ 3.8 million) in import duty. (According to other sources this UDA-RT is owed by the son of old president Kikwete Ridhiwani who apparently did not pay his tax)

And the previous weeks:

Dec 19 
* The valve in the irrigation dam in Sunga ward which was broken, lacking a $ 100 repair, for over 15 years and not repaired due to bad leadership. Now, within a month after regime change, it is repaired by local initiative and the lake is full of water again! (Although this is no shocking world news it shows how the new directions reached and are supported also the rural area's)
* Private schools and colleges will face a serious shortage of teachers with effect from next academic year following a massive (few thousands) departure of foreign (mainly Kenyan) teachers lacking work permits which are not granted or too expensive ($ 2,500) and required according a new law introduced before the elections. (no signs for a solution yet)

Dec 18 
* Authorities move to curb tanzanite smuggling 635bn/- ($ 302 million) worth of gemstones smuggled out without paying tax.
* Tanzania has sentenced four Chinese men to 20 years in jail each after they were convicted of smuggling rhino horns, part of a crackdown in sub-Saharan Africa on lucrative illegal poaching of protected wildlife. Earlier also a Chinese lady was jailed for smuggling ivory. (Before never people where caught for such issues; it was generally known that the son of the former president Kikwete once escaped from death sentence in China for dealing in drugs and since then he worked close together with the Chinese in smuggling of ivory and rhino horns. )
* Civil servants who want to leave the country have to show they have permission from their chief and they did not pay their ticket from public fund.
* Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has seized 1.6 tonnes of counterfeit foods and beverages in a joint operation with Interpol. Dec 17th The head of the PCCB (anti-corruption office) by name of Hosea is sacked because of inefficiency and also 4 employers who went abroad without permission were sacked. The massive bribery revealed recently at the Dar es Salaam Port and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TPA), one can say, justifies the drastic move against , as it depicted PCCB as an outfit that was sleeping on the job.

Dec 17
* The former minister of tourism appeared to have misused his office where money disappeared. Dec 17th The institution of the "Uhuro torch" (freedom torch) abolished. This was a fossil from the Nyerere time used to collect money for the party which was "forgotten" and ended in sucking off civilians and companies for the sake of private pockets. 
* Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has embarked on training Chinese business community on taxationlaws and regulations to promote revenue collections among the mainly business community. (Chinese business men were used to avoid paying taxes.)

Dec 16 
* The newly appointed Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) acting Commissioner General, Dr Phillip Mpango, was breaking the record in revenue collection.
* According to President Magufuli, revenue collection for this month was likely to go beyond Sh1.3 trillion, which is an increase of about Sh450billion. 
* Chief Justice Mohamed Chande Othman called on the newly admitted advocates to adhere to professional ethics while defending their clients and refrain from malpractices that tarnish the image of the judiciary.

Dec 15 
* The government is going to effectively implement procurement procedures to block all alleys that have been used to embezzle public funds and leave the government unable to serve ordinary Tanzanians. Dec 14th Malpractices are abandoned that ministries are "purchasing a pen" at Sh10,000 while the actual price is only Sh1,000.

Dec 13 
* High ranking retired and serving government officials in Oysterbay are leading a move to shoot down the plan to allow construction of high-rise commercial and residential buildings in the Dar-coastal area which caused a lot of land speculation.

Dec 11 
* Tanzania: Govt Draws Up Rules for Private Operators On Railway Service (earlier this was blocked by MP's and ministers who owned truck and bus companies) Dec 11th 1400 NGO's are closed and another 1400 have to prove within 2 weeks they are doing something that matters. (general is known that those NGO's are misused to get AID funds for private use)
* 19 New ministers and 15 new deputies inaugurated on 15 ministries; about half of the size of the former government. After the ceremony the new sworn ministers hurried to bring surprise visits like Magufuli did before. Dec 10th According to a study of the World bank an annual $ 157 million government revenues disappeared at Dar port by corruption cartels.

Dec 9 
* Cleaning day instead of Liberation parties. Many activities in the whole country and leaders calling around to encourage people to take part.
* The ruling party CCM is happy with the ethical drive of JPM and declared full support for the new head of state. Dec 8th During a visit to a cement factory in Tanga Magufuli announced to cut the cement price with 60% to encourage building activities. Also a rope factory is visited to see why they were not producing anymore.

Dec 7 
* JPM has sacked the head of Tanzania's ports authority and the top official in the transport ministry, part of a campaign to root out corruption and inefficiency.

Dec 5 
* 7 officials from Tanesco are dismissed

Dec 4 
* After a renewed visit to the port new reports show that not just 340, but more than 2,300 containers have been cleared without tax payment since March 2014. Unknown sources say another big businessman who is involved in this container scandal by name of Patel escaped to India.
* On district level many "empty" projects like building roads are found which are in reports but actually not done Dec 4th Investigation with a TRA official involved in the container scandal learned that he had 73 houses and a bunch of buckets filled with millions of cash money

Dec 3 
* President John Magufuli asked country’s financial institutions to focus on supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) so that that they can grow economically.

Dec 2
* Announced that the current system lacks accountability thus the President is trying to establish a new one that will see all public servants accountable. T’S time up for the local private sector to complain  against lack of government support to become productive and control the economy

Dec 1 
* $6 million appeared to be paid as consultancy fee to civil servants who arranged a $600 million loan from the Standard bank to the government.

Nov 30 
* Unknown sources are telling that Magufuli closed the "ministry for food" which was established by the former president Kikwete and which supplied food for the president and his guests.

Nov 29
* New concept "Rwandanisation" introduced as being the process to a durable economics and better wealth for everyone.

Nov 28 
* Another 3 TRA officials dismissed for container case.

Nov 27 
* A cross-section of analysts and academicians yesterday advised President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli to ‘overhaul’ the existing system of government, in order to improve performance in the government and to increase revenues and decrease the donor dependency syndrome.

Nov 26 
* 31 containers with illegal logs for China were confiscated ar DAR airport.
* 6 civil servants were put in custody since they were too late in a meeting
* After a visit to the harbour from prime minister Majaliwa 6 officials including the general commissioner of the TRA are suspended over a graft where 327 containers disappeared (went outside the customs leaving $40 mil tax unpaid) from inland stores. The civil servants were arrested waiting for investigation on their assets if they correspondent with their salary. Other sources were mentioning that also a big industrial from Azam is involved and that also a sun of Kikwete is arrested in this matter.

Nov 25 
* In appeared that in general 48% of the income from civil servants came from their salary and 52% from sitting allowances. Many meetings were organized far from the office and abroad and seen as a paid holiday.

Nov 24
* Instead of an independence party the money is spent for "clean-up" activities to prevent Cholera and other. Nov 24th Tanesco forms taskforce to trace an disconnect all illegal connections.

Nov 22 
Magufuli administration is set to completely overhaul the running of Tanzania

Nov 21
* No more sitting allowances, that also applies to MP’s.
* Many promises in inauguration speech Magifuli, the days of the corrupt and lazy bureaucrats are numbered. Alarm bells must be ringing in the executive suites of national power company TANSECO, Tanzania Railways including TAZARA, the Tanzania Revenue Authority, and notably Air Tanzania The president’s assertion that he will give those four parastatals “special attention"
* President Magufuli chose a new Prime Minister Majaliwa we haven’t heard of before, a guy with reputation for hard work and no corruption all the big guys we expected could be PM have been let wondering what hit them.
* Instead of a 50 person delegation to a common wealth meetingonly 4 persons were allowed to go.
* No more 1st class and business class travel for all officials except President, Vice, and Prime Minister.
* No more workshops and seminars in expensive hotels when their so many ministry board rooms available. It appeared to be a major setback for the  hospitality industry (Dar-Bagamoyo) which is mainly owned by civil servants. (note: Also former president Kikwete established a huge conference centre in his hometown Bagamoyo and which should provide him with income after his presidency)

Nov 20
* The election promise is renewed to establish a special court that will squarely deal with corrupt public officials who were making life difficult for most of poor Tanzanian.
* Any public servant that will be implicated in corrupt deals will be sacked even before being prosecuted in the special court.
* There will be free education from primary to secondary schoolbeginning January 2016.
* Gifts which were given to MP's were confiscated and transferred to the main hospital to cover costs for improvement Nov 20th Going to officially open parliament President Magufuli didn’t go by plane, drove the whole 600 km from Dar to Dodoma andreduced the size of the presidential convoy, and the size of presidential delegation that travels with him

Nov 19
* 274 contracts from firms who were privatized in 2012 are reviewed Nov 18th Massive demolishing of illegal structures on public land started in Dar. (note: what is missing here is a kind of support for the affected people)

Nov 17 
* TASAF executive officers found guilty on fraud with funds for the poor

Nov 16 
* Kenyan president is losing support in polls over corruption Nov 16th Magufuli orders reinvestigation in an 7 year old murder case were evidences were vanished.

Nov 15
* Kenyan president loosing support in polls over corruption

Nov 14
* Bank of Tanzania adapts ban on foreign travel

Nov 13 
* Parents arrested from 14 year old girl for marrying paying 11 cows for dowry. Also headmaster who was bribed 0.5 million Tzs to get her of the register of the school
* New rule to close pharmacists just outside hospitals and to bring more pharmacist in the hospitals and to

Nov 12 
* Nigerian Drug baron and pastor arrested living in Tanzania

Nov 11 
* Police officer dismissed; Facebook movie from him demanding and getting bribe in Tanga went viral and the officer was dismissed.

Nov 10
* Surprise visit at main hospital, directors were dismissed and hospital organized next day a start of a "clean up"

Nov 9th 
* Surprise visit to TRA from Magifuli; 10 civil servants appeared not to be at work

Nov 8
* All foreign travels cancelled from civil servants; Also all governmental hardtops will be replaced with smaller ones off Jan 2016

Nov 7
* New president Magufuli in charge 
* New female Vice President Samia Saluhu Hassan attracted many voters. Her key promise is to bring clean drinking water